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COMMENT DOESN'T INSTILL MUCH CONFIDENCE IN PANEL

I was alarmed upon reading of the manner of deliberations and the decision-making process regarding whether to keep Children's Hospital on Bryant Street or build a new facility near Roswell Park and Buffalo General hospitals. Bryant H. Prentice, head of the committee charged with making a recommendation, was quoted in the Dec. 16 News as follows: "Regardless of what we do, we want people to feel as though this was handled in a fair and democratic way."

A critical analysis of that quote leads to a very unsatisfactory conclusion. For one to feel "as though" fairness was practiced means to me that the opposite happened. Some may think that this was merely a casual error in expression. I think the statement may reveal the reality of the selection process.

Kaleida Health President John Friedlander, obviously the most powerful voice in any Kaleida matter, has prematurely stated his preference for a new build. Now we have Prentice telling us his committee will act in the guise of evenhandedness. My question is: Why bother?

DAVID M. MAIMAN, D.D.S

Buffalo

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